[Note: For Americans who may be unfamiliar with the history or apostolate of the Knights of Our Lady, NonPossumus gives the following brief account: The Order of the Knights of Our Lady (or, Militia Sanctae Mariae) was founded in 1945, and was canonically erected at Chartres in 1965 (then in Germany, Switzerland, Portugal and Spain). At the end of Vatican II, and in order to remain faithful to the Tradition, a group of their Knights separated to form, in 1970, a Caballeroesque Fraternity and, in 1989, the traditional branch of the Order. The Knights of the traditionalist branch enjoyed the support of Archbishop Lefebvre. Its constitutions were approved by Bishop Tissier. Until now the Knights were closely linked to the SSPX.]
Declaration of the XXIV General Chapter
July 23, 2017
The Defense of the Faith
[NB: This translation has been updated]
After all that have been said and done, there is no question that the idea of a recognition by Rome of the Society of St Pius X has come a long way recently: talks, declarations, confessions and marriages, the last of which elicited a reaction from the deans and religious superiors.
1°- State of Necessity: In any case, it is clear that, with Rome being under the sway of the neo-modernists, the defense of the Faith and of Tradition is only possible today by relying on the state of necessity, due to the grievous doctrinal and pastoral errors of the Conciliar and post-Conciliar hierarchy and Popes. It would in fact be impossible to keep defending the Faith and Tradition if we were no longer able to combat the errors of the Conciliar Church. In other words, if we cease to rely on the “supplied jurisdiction” given on a case-by-case basis by Canon Law in the “state of necessity”, so as to come under the jurisdiction granted by Rome, we would find ourselves in a state of dependence on the Conciliar hierarchy in such a way that it would, in practice, be impossible to keep on fighting against it for the Faith. This would be against the Rule of the Knights of Our Lady, “guardians of Tradition” (1:12; 3:8), which urges them to “defend the Faith” (18:1 & 3, notably).
2°- Refusal to Compromise: In the case of confessions, and then marriages, there was, even without a formal canonical recognition of the Society of St Pius X, a partial and gradual abandonment of the notion of the state of necessity, upon which rests the whole combat of Abp Lefebvre for the Faith. The fact that the Society of St Pius X would accept a personal prelature or a canonical recognition is tantamount to publicly acknowledging its submission to the neo-modernist hierarchy, agreeing to the claim of being “in full communion” with it, supporting its new magisterium, its new Catechism, its new Canon Law, and accepting the “ordinary jurisdiction” granted by the Holy See. In his Spiritual Journey, Abp Lefebvre said: “It is, therefore, a strict duty for every priest wanting to remain Catholic to separate himself from this Conciliar Church for as long as it does not rediscover the tradition of the Church Magisterium and of the Catholic Faith.” Why ignore this exhortation? Despite being assured of some degree of autonomy and possible guarantees, none of which would be dependable, the Society of St Pius X would thus join Conciliar pluralism, with Catholic Tradition becoming no more than an “option” among others. The Society would then have crossed the threshold, which the Knights of Our Lady could not cross with it, having the duty to defend the Holy Catholic Church against all the sects, heresies and errors denounced by the popes, particularly against the modernist sect which currently occupies Rome (cf. Rule 1:4; 3:3).
3°- Recourse to “fully Catholic bishops”: Since all Christians must faithfully live under the authority of a bishop –in particular for confirmations, ordinations and consecrations–, we fully trust in divine Providence to always save for us pastors, among all of Archbishop Lefebvre’s bishops, who, refusing to betray their vocation, will neither rally behind Conciliar Rome, nor place the grace of their episcopate into the hands of a successor of Peter who is far from being “perfectly Catholic.” Consequently, the Knights of Our Lady will, according to their Constitutions (preamble § 5), keep on having “recourse to the faithful members of the Clergy”, i.e. who have not officially joined the neo-modernist hierarchy, with “fully Catholic bishops, without any compromise with error”. In his Spiritual Journey, Archbishop Lefebvre emphasized this principle in all its simplicity: “One single thing is necessary for the continuation of the Catholic Church: fully Catholic bishops without any compromise with error, who would establish Catholic seminaries…”. He did not specify “Society bishops”, but more generally “fully Catholic bishops”, just as he said “a perfectly Catholic successor of Peter” (29th August 1987).
Our Lady, keep us from perjury!